My classmate interview for week 10 is Hung Trinh. Hung is a Sophomore who is currently studying Health Care at California State Long Beach. Hung is Vietnamese and was born in Vietnam. He and his family moved to America when he was around 7 years of age. He told me how when he moved to America, he struggled through elementary school because he had to deal with bullies. Not only did he go to school where there was little Asian students, but his English was not that good. He went to a school where the student body was mostly of Mexican/ Hispanics. He hated elementary school because of the bullyings, but as he got older and made more friends, life in school got better. In High School, he liked to play sports like basketball or just went fishing when he can. The high school he went to was Westminster High.
He told me about some background information about his family and their journey to America. Hung’s parents did not graduate high school and did not have that great of an education. His parents were about to speak Vietnamese, Mandarin, and some English. Hung only speaks to his parents in Vietnamese and does not understand Mandarin very well. If his parents try to talk to him in Mandarin, it takes him a while to process what they say. It was great talking to Hung because I was able to hear a story about someone who was not born in America who had to move and adapt to a new environment. I was born in America so I do not know what it is like to be in his situation, but non the less I am glad to have heard his story. It gives me a better understanding of what it is like for people who came to America from a different country.